Friend and colleague, Judy Stangel, shared a link to a great graphic sharing "The Future of Libraries" with me today. It does a great job of sharing some pretty amazing data about libraries in a graphical, easy to understand format. Some of the tidbits in the graphic include:
- There are more than 121,000 libraries in the U.S.
- 69% of Americans currently use public libraries.
- 67% of libraries offered downloadable e-books in 2011, compared to 38% in 2007. (Our library's use of ebooks has increased an average of 200% in 2012 from just the year before!)
Check out the The Future of Libraries and share your thoughts in the comments below. What do you think the future holds for libraries? How can your library better respond to your needs and the needs of your community?